Macroecology SIG: Annual Meeting 2017

BES Macro 2017 is the annual meeting of the BES Macroecology (and macroevolution) SIG.

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This year we hope to highlight all kinds of macro-scale research, across diverse taxa and timescales. We hope you’ll join us for three days of macro-fun! Details of the conference can be found below, or feel free to contact us on Facebook or Twitter (@BESMacroecol) with any questions.

Keynote Speakers & Topics

Helene Morlon (CNRS) – macroecology, macroevolution, modelling
Richard Pearson (UCL) – climate change, SDMs, community ecology
Erin Saupe (Oxford) – macroecology, palaeontology, marine inverts
Jana Vamosi (Calgary) – macroecology, macroevolution, plants

2 more T.B.C.


Optional tours of NHM collections
Student keynote speaker (*to be selected from student attendees*)
Discussions on prospects and challenges in macro-scale research
And, of course, the usual talks, posters and socialising.

There will be six short plenary talks on a range of different topics designed to showcase the diversity of interests in our SIG. There will also be talk and poster slots.


Accommodation in London is expensive and reasonably priced accommodation is limited. We recommend you book as soon as possible. You can book rooms in Imperial College student accommodation here (Please note: these are limited and will probably sell out fast)

The Scouting Youth Hostel next door to the museum called Baden Powell House which is convenient and reasonably priced.

There are also a number of other Youth Hostels, AirBnB apartments and rooms, and is usually a good place to look for hotels. Earls Court is within walking distance and has some reasonably priced hotels. If anyone is interested in room/apartment sharing feel free to organise this via our Facebook page or Twitter.

Talks and Posters

We will have slots for talks and space for posters at the meeting. Talks will be 5 minutes long. There may not be enough talk slots for everyone, so priority will be given to early career researchers. Please include a rough title when you register so we have an idea of the balance of topics (you can change it later). Students will also be given the option to put themselves forward for the student plenary talk (20 minutes). Further details of this will be sent to students after the talk deadline passes. We highly recommend putting yourself forward, it’s fun and a great thing to put on your CV :).

Social Activities

On Wednesday night we will have drinks reception in the NHM, cosponsored by PalAss. On Thursday we will have a macro-themed quiz (with prizes) at the Imperial Student Union. On Friday afternoon we will organise tours of the Museum collections for anyone who is interested.

To cut costs we have not organised an official conference dinner. We will be providing lunch, coffee/tea etc. at the conference.


Join the conversation on Twitter with #BESMacro2017


The deadline for registration is 28th April 2017. We will contact attendees after this to confirm talk slots etc.